Maalaadu – Split Roasted Chickpeas Balls with Quinoa Flour

Happy Rakshabhandan to all :-)

Here we are at blogging marathon week 2. For this week I chose the kid’s delight / Kid’s healthy snack as my theme. Since its rakshabhandan, I wanted to do something sweet, so picked this up as my first dish.

Starting BM week2 with a sweet snack. :-)

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Maalaadu – pottukadalai urundai, roasted dalia sweet balls. My mom used to make these a lot for me during my UG hostel days. These stay for up 10 days when stored in an airtight container. Rain or shine always from Home to Hostel, maaladu will be there for sure in my luggage. This is a no stove dish.  I never made this for vaandu till we read Junior Kumbhakarna. In order to wake up Kumbhakarna, they bring mountains of delicious smelling laddus. Vaandu got hooked to that and started asking for laddus. I know making laddu is not easy task and thats when I thought why can’t I try the maaladus instead of laddus. So here comes the recipe. I just added quinoa flour to make it more healthy, but its completely optional and its healthy without quinoa flour too as roasted chickpeas has good protein too. 


  • Pottukadalai/Split roasted chick peas – ¾ cups
  • Quinoa flour – ¼ cup. (If you are not using quinoa flour, take 1 cup of split roasted chick peas)
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Melted Ghee or Clarified butter – as required minimum ¾ cup is required as ghee is the binding agent for holding the balls.
  • Chopped nuts like almonds, pistachios – ¼ cup (optional)


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  • Grind pottukadai and sugar together and then mix the quinoa flour if using.
  • Also if you are using chopped nuts, add them and mix well.
  • Split the flour into 4 equal parts.

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  • I usually add 2 to 3 tbsps of melted ghee on portion of the flour and mix them and see if I can make urundai/ball out of it. If its not holding I add little bit more ghee and make the balls.
  • Repeat the process for remaining flour.

More the ghee, more the taste and the shape of the ball will be perfect.

Earlier cross posted here for IMC Book Week 2014.

Submitting this recipe for Kids delight event

Submitting this post for Blogging Marathon #43 – A 3 day marathon for 4 weeks
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submitting this recipe to Kids Delight Event

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